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Waste Recovery

fr - Le traitement des déchets
Discarding waste is a last-resort solution. Recycling it or using it as fuel should be a priority. © THINKSTOCK

Waste doesn't just go out with the garbage. It can be recycled for reuse or incinerated to produce heat and power. In addition, many kinds of organic matter can be broken down to produce biogas.

fr - Que faire des déchets ? Beaucoup d’énergie !

Waste generated by human activity increased dramatically with the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century and the birth of the consumer society in the 20th century. While it may have a negative connotation, “waste” needn’t be a dirty word. Waste can be reduced right from manufacturing stage, converted into other products and also be a major source of energy. 

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fr- Le recyclage : des poubelles pleines de ressources

Four million metric tons of household waste are produced worldwide every day, equivalent to the weight of 400 Eiffel Towers. The European Union contributes 600,000 metric tons daily – an average of 1.2 kilograms per European each day. Around a third of this waste is packaging made from various materials, such as glass, paper and cardboard, aluminum, steel and plastic, so sorting and processing these items is essential for our environment.

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